Hawaii Kai and Koko Crater from Makapu'u Point Trail
The simple crossing of a pass at Makapu'u beach changes the landscape from lush tropical plants to a drier look filled cacti, palm trees and succulents. There is less wind so the lava-rock tide pools are more accessible.
One morning when the parents were sleeping late, we took Clio to introduce her to tide pools, plumaria blossoms and cactus gardens.
Bob and Clio tide-pool walking near Sandy Beach
After collecting ocean-polished bottle glass, coral pieces and shell fragments, we drove a mile further to Koko Crater Botanic gardens. Though several books had commented that after 30 years of work, the gardens still have a primitive look to them. I loved this crater when we lived there in the late 1970's and I love it now. The plantings have grown and matured. There is a dedicated cactus garden, plumaria orchard and a section of viney trees. The paths are natural, not paved, but they are wide and smoothe enough for wheel-chair access.
The plumaria orchards were the biggest surprise. They are large trees and we could just reach the lower branches. Plumaria flowers are the most common ones used in lei's for greeting people upon airport arrival and for honoring and thanking those in the community.
Clio picked up a blossom and carried it through the gardens, back to the house and kept it in a glass until it had turned brown.
Below is a photo of Clio and Bob. He squatted down to show her something at her level, but she squatted down also. I just happened to catch it on my digital cam.
Bob and Clio in the Koko Crater Botanic Gardens